Air hockey is Canada’s greatest pastime. Okay—that’s not precisely correct, but who the hell doesn’t love a sport of air hockey?
The quiet-pitch buzzing of the table’s fan, the steady thwack of the puck bouncing off the boards, the animation you get when you score: It all takes back some of my attached picture at the arcade.
For one YouTube star, running air hockey at a cultural venue wasn’t full. He decided to create his own little Best Hockey Table on arcadeleisure.com and he showed every step process. The craftsmanship on show in his tutorial is incredible. The only thing missing is a large air horn blaring so that your opponent feels the wrath of each goal.
I made ‘one’ a while back, too long a while ago to remember the specs, but basically, I reversed the system, so that I could take the game anywhere I wanted. Instead of the table blowing air and everything else being inanimate (pucks and strikers), I made a puck encasement that contained a small motor that let air come out the base that had small holes. So the puck floated. I could play on anyone's dinner table, or even if you had a table-tennis setup, the puck still floated nice-like.
Like air hockey but don't have a small chance to spend on an air hockey table? Build a rock-solid beast of an air hockey board and be the spite of your old school arcade-loving colleagues.
This isn't a single build that you can cobble commonly with some plywood you scrounged from the hole and some duct tape. You'll be buying a solid weekend or two in the construction process. The payoff, however, is an excellent air hockey table for a part of the price of a local model.
How much of a part? A crappy Wal-Mart air sports table will run you around $400; a commercial grade arcade original will run you everywhere from $1,000-$5,000. Depending on the supplies you have on hand before you start this project your cost will be closer to $100.
Check out the segment below for a full build guide and if you have tales of your DIY arcade
The steady thwack of the puck bouncing off the boards, the emotion you get when you score: It all takes back some of my attached memory at the arcade.
For one YouTube star, playing air game at a local venue wasn’t enough. He decided to build his own little air hockey table, and he showed every step process. The craftsmanship on performance in his tutorial is incredible. The only thing missing is a large air horn blaring so that your opponent feels the wrath of each goal.